Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Supertramp cancel European tour as founder battles cancer

Supertramp have cancelled all dates for its upcoming “Supertramp Forever” fall European tour due to health issues affecting the band’s founder, Rick Davies.

Davies was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has begun aggressive treatment to combat the disease.

“I was really looking forward to returning to Europe and playing with the band again,” says Davies, “and I’m sorry to disappoint everyone who has overwhelmingly supported the upcoming tour. Unfortunately my current health issues have derailed me and right now I need to focus all of my energy on getting well.”

Davies formed Supertramp in 1969 in London with Roger Hodgson.

Marking the band’s first live performances since their 2010 European tour, the “Supertramp Forever” concerts were scheduled to begin November 3 in Porto, Portugal and continue throughout 25 European cities.

Supertramp issued a statement thanking fans for their support and asking for privacy during this matter.

The band’s current line-up includes Davies with John Helliwell on the saxophone, drummer Bob Siebenberg, Jesse Siebenberg on vocals, guitar and percussion, Cliff Hugo on bass, Carl Verheyen on guitar, Lee Thornburg on trumpet, Gabe Dixon on vocals and keyboard, Cassie Miller as backing vocalist and Mark Hart on vocals, guitar and keyboard.

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